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An African American woman in her 20s or 30s curls up in bed against a green throw pillow. She is wearing a light pink sweater and gray sweatpants. Her eyes are closed, and she is clutching a white pillow as if she is in discomfort.

Endometriosis

Endometriosis is a chronic, painful condition that occurs when the uterine lining, or the endometrium, grows outside of the uterus. Endometrial growths can adhere to other reproductive organs, such as the Fallopian tubes or ovaries, or even appear in other areas of the pelvis, such as the bladder or rectum. Although they are not cancerous, endometrial growths can cause menstrual pain and infertility. About 11% of women of reproductive age in the United States experience endometriosis. At Premier Women’s Care of Southwest Florida, our expert ob-gyns are experienced at diagnosis and treatment of endometriosis. 

Symptoms of endometriosis

Endometrial tissue bleeds and sheds every month even outside the uterus. It can cause inflammation and blockage of the Fallopian tubes and create scarring in and around pelvic organs. The most common symptom of endometriosis is painful menstrual cycles. Other symptoms include:

Diagnosis of endometriosis

If you have any of these symptoms, it is important to contact the team at Premier Women’s Care of Southwest Florida for an evaluation, which may include imaging as well as a physical exam. In some instances it may be necessary to perform a surgery called a diagnostic laparoscopy to look for and possibly biopsy endometriosis lesions to definitively confirm the diagnosis.

Treatment of endometriosis

For women who aren’t trying to get pregnant, hormone-based medications such as birth control pills or Depo-Provera shots can help control the growth of endometrial tissue and alleviate symptoms. In some cases a gonadotropin-releasing hormone that temporarily halts the menstrual cycle can control the growth of endometriosis. The hormone may be administered by injection or in a new oral pill option. Surgery is also an option in severe cases that are unresponsive to conservative treatments. The highly trained and experienced ob-gyns on our team will take the time to talk with you to determine the best course of treatment for you.

If you’re experiencing symptoms of endometriosis, you can request a new patient appointment online. If you are already an established patient, you can book online through the patient portal. Or you can always call (239) 432-5858 to schedule a consultation with one of Premier Women’s Care of Southwest Florida’s women’s health-care providers in Fort Myers, Cape Coral or Lehigh Acres. 

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